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Iraq’s protests: What you need to know

July 23, 2018

DW. Protests against corruption, poor services and unemployment are challenging the Shiite political class that since 2003 has pilfered the country’s resources. Demonstrations in Iraq are not new, but these are different. July has witnessed soaring temperatures in southern Iraq that have boiled over into popular mass mobilization against corruption, wretched services and unemployment. Mass…

Why didn’t Kurdish Forces Fight Back the Iraqi Invasion​ of Kirkuk?

October 16, 2017

The Iraqi military quickly conquered the oil-rich area of Kirkuk in an effort to block Kurdish statehood. But why didn’t Kurdish forces put up more of a fight? TRNN speaks with Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for the Independent

Foreign Oil Interests in Iraqi Kurdistan and the Rise of ISIS

August 13, 2014

Nafeez Ahmed and Antonia Juhasz say that the U.S. is using the possibility of Kurdish independence as a threat against the central government in Baghdad

Iraqi Parliament Adjourns in Chaos without Choosing New Leader

June 30, 2014

Prof. Sabah Alnasseri highlights how sectarian politics, which were exacerbated by the U.S. invasion, continue to divide the country, while America’s response has been militarization when it should be promoting inclusion

Chris Hedges Interviews Noam Chomsky

June 19, 2014
Noam Chomsky says Occupy challenges the atomization of society, and also discusses how the media obstructs meaningful action to address climate change

Iraq Likely to See Violence Worse than 2006-2007 Civil War

June 17, 2014

Iraqi blogger Raed Jarrar and retired military colonel Andrew Bacevich discuss the ongoing crisis in Iraq, Saudi Arabia’s role, and the possibility of U.S. military action

ISIS Fills Power Vacuum in Iraq Fundamentally Created by U.S. Foreign Policy

June 12, 2014

Sabah al Nasseri explains that ISIS was able to take control of Mosul, Tikrit, and Baiji due to the weak state that arose from the occupation, and places it in the context of U.S. policy towards the Arab revolutions

How Fallujah Became the Iraqi Government’s New Battleground

March 11, 2014

Journalist Dahr Jamail discusses how the Iraqi city of Fallujah went from welcoming American intervention to fighting the U.S.-backed Iraqi government

The “enduring” occupation of Iraq

October 15, 2013
A close look at who’s behind the increase in sectarian violence in Iraq

Victory Out of Reach for US in Syria

September 3, 2013

Patrick Cockburn: US strike against Syria will further entangle America, as each military action will make it more difficult to retreat